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Pigskin

When cheerleader Laurie accepts a date from the dreamy quarterback, a grisly manifestation of her own bodily insecurities pushes her into a self-destructive nightmare.

Pigskin‘ sinks deep into your skin. A seemingly sweet and innocent high school story holds its share anxious secrets as a cheerleader’s insecurities push her into a self-destructive nightmare. Director Jake Hammond is able to carry a nostalgic feeling with a cheery and colorful tone, but swiftly integrates moments of high anxiety and stress as we discover the main character’s self-abusive obsessions. The comforting feelings simply intensifies the film’s shocking moments. Brace yourself for an intensely gruesome finale.

‘Pigskin’ is a short student horror film from the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. The images, sounds, and overall tone of the film were influenced by high school horror films such as ‘Halloween’, ‘Carrie’, and ‘Slumber Party Massacre’. We wanted to create a world that felt colorful and safe, almost like a dream, and then rip that all away to expose ideas of repression, insecurity, sexual anxiety, and societal expectation – all seen through the eyes of the film’s lead character. The goal was always to create something that is frightening and genuine, but also fun and highly energetic.

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